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CVS Health stock rises as judge completes Aetna deal review

Sep. 5, 2019 9:15 AM EDT

Shares of CVS Health started climbing early Thursday, a day after a federal judge finally completed his review of the company's roughly $69 billion acquisition of the health insurer Aetna. U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon said Wednesday in federal court filings that a plan requiring CVS to unload Aetna's...

Sanders: Medicare for All means more taxes, better coverage

Aug. 31, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — Health care was the focus of Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders' second day of campaigning in pivotal early-voting South Carolina, where lack of Medicaid expansion has left thousands unable to obtain health coverage. The Vermont senator focused on "Medicare for All," his...

Doctor charged with murder sues over coverage of legal costs

Aug. 30, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio doctor charged with murder in the deaths of 25 hospital patients is suing his former employer's parent company for not covering his criminal defense costs, as it has in dozens of related civil cases. William Husel's (HYOO'-suhl) federal lawsuit argues his professional...

Democratic hopefuls take aim at insurer and pharma profits

Aug. 11, 2019 7:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bernie Sanders and other progressives seeking the Democratic presidential nomination are zeroing in on pharmaceutical and insurer profits, money they say would be better spent providing health care for everyone under "Medicare for All." Their idea: Health care dollars from government...

Aetna deal begins to pay off for CVS

Aug. 7, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

CVS Health swung back to a profit in the second quarter, thanks to an influx of health insurance revenue, and the company raised its 2019 forecast beyond Wall Street expectations. Shares of the drugstore chain and pharmacy benefit manager outpaced the broader market in Wednesday trading after the company detailed...

Health insurers experience July heatwave

Aug. 1, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

Health insurer stocks heated up in July. UnitedHealth Group, Anthem and several other insurers outpaced the broader market in what has been an otherwise choppy year for the industry. The industry is also holding up surprisingly well during the most recent round of corporate earnings. It is showing solid profit...

Hurry up and wait: Docs say insurers increasingly interfere

Jul. 29, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

After Kim Lauerman was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, doctors wanted to give her a drug that helps prevent infections and fever during chemotherapy. Her insurer said no. Anthem Blue Cross told Lauerman the drug wasn't necessary. She eventually got it after an infection landed her in the hospital, but that led to...

Biden's full embrace of Obama health law has political risks

Jul. 28, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

Joe Biden had just rolled out his health care plan when he made what could be a fateful pledge to a crowd in Iowa: "If you like your health care plan or your employer-based plan, you can keep it." The remark echoed assurances President Barack Obama made repeatedly as he sold the Affordable Care Act, which became...

Asian shares higher, Korean Kospi dives after missile launch

Jul. 24, 2019 11:46 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian shares rallied Thursday after the S&P 500 and Nasdaq closed at record highs, though South Korea's Kospi declined after North Korea launched two short range missiles into the sea. Japan's Nikkei 225 index added 0.3% to 21,770.09 while the Kospi lost 0.8% to 2,065.41. In Hong Kong,...

Anthem tops 2Q expectations, shares slide on expense worries

Jul. 24, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Anthem beat second quarter expectations and raised its 2019 forecast again, but shares of the health insurer slid Wednesday after it outlined challenges in its growing Medicaid business. The Blue Cross-Blue Shield insurer said it has added nearly 700,000 Medicaid customers over the past...